Pieced Sashing Star Quilt Pattern

Pieced sashing star quilt

Pieced sashing star quilt

For my pieced sashing star quilt pattern I have used a very simple star block and pieced the sashing instead of using just one fabric in strips.  I think that it has added quite a lot to the design and I’m really pleased with the extra shapes that show up within the quilt.  It makes the quilt pattern look quite complicated when in fact it’s very easy to make.

The quilt is rectangular, measuring 48″ by 62″.  I have used twelve 12″ finished size blocks and I needed 1 yard each of the green and lilac together with 1.1/2 yards of dark blue. They are all batik fabrics.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed blocks

Completed blocks

Cutting requirements for the pieced sashing star quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  forty eight dark blue, twenty lilac

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  twenty four green

3.7/8″ squares:   forty eight green, forty eight dark blue

For the sashing you will need four 3.1/2″ lilac strips cut across the width of fabric, two 6.1/2″ dark blue strips cut across the width of fabric, and twenty 2.1/2″ lilac squares.

To make the border you will need six 2.1/2″ lilac strips cut across the width of fabric.

Making half square triangles

Making half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a green and a dark blue square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowances towards the dark blue and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Star quilt block layout

Star quilt block layout

Make the star blocks

Lay the patchwork pieces out in four rows.

Begin with two green rectangles in the middle.  Together these form a 6″ square finished size.  You could also use one 6.1/2″ square or four 3.1/2″ squares for this part.  On each edge of this central area place two half square triangle units.  Lay these so that the two dark blue triangles together form a larger triangle pointing towards the middle.  Add a dark blue square in each corner.

Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the star block.  This measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make twelve of them.

Cut the sashing strips

Cut the sashing strips

Make the sashing strips

For the sashing I have made 2.1/2″ pieced strips.  Use strip piecing for the most simple way to make these sections.  Sew together a 3.1/2″ lilac strip on either side of a 6.1/2″ dark blue strip.  Cut this panel at 2.1/2″ intervals to make rectangles 2.1/2″ wide by 12.1/2″ long.

You need to make two of these panels so that you can cut thirty one sashing strips.

Sew the rows together

Sew the rows together

Assemble the pieced sashing star quilt

Lay the blocks in four rows of three blocks each.  Add sashing strips at the beginning and end of each row as well as between the blocks.  That means that you need three blocks and four sashing strips for each row.  Sew the sections together across each row.

Add sashing strips between the rows

Add sashing strips between the rows

You need a row of sashing strips between each row of quilt blocks.  Make these strips using three sashing strips and four cornerstones (2.1/2″ lilac squares), so that you have a lilac square at each end as well as one between each pair of strips.

Make five of these sashing strips.  Sew one between each row of star quilt blocks as well as one at the top and the bottom of the quilt.

Lilac quilt border

Lilac quilt border

Add the quilt border

I’ve added a simple border using 2.1/2″ lilac strips.  You need two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt with two lengths of 62.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the pieced sashing star quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:


Alcester high street

Alcester high street

Last week I mentioned that I was visiting Alcester, a small town not far from here.  The town has a really pretty high street and I loved the church.

Inside Alcester church

Inside Alcester church

The inside of the church was beautiful.  Imagine having to paint between those beams in the ceiling!

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  1. What a pretty quilt! You are so right, the sashing does give the quilt a different look.
    Hectic and exhausting weekend. It’s been raining non stop most of the week. Nice day yesterday but it’s raining again today. My neighbor is a gardener and it’s uplifting when I see all her beautiful flowers in full bloom. How was the show? Great that you could visit with most members of your family. My family here to celebrate the birthday of their 10 year old twins. Fun day for the kids and their parents (cake, presents, pizza, soda) but I was exhausted.

    • Hi Claire. Glad you seem to be feeling more upbeat this week. I can remember parties for 10 year olds being a nightmare when my children were that age. With twins it must be twice as bad. I have the same problem with my garden – for some reason everything in my garden blooms weeks later than in my neighbours’ gardens. The play was extremely funny. It was The Play That Went Wrong and it was hilarious. We had a lovely evening.

  2. Irena Mangone says:

    Thank You Rose another lovely quilt. Like your version of sashing. Have a Great May long weekend.

  3. I love this design! Thank you. Hope you enjoyed your London trip.

  4. Love the new “designs” the pieced sashing creates in the quilt — no longer star blocks in rows!

  5. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love the pattern. I will be able to make it,someday soon. Planning on the next baby quilt for Troy’s third daughter he really wanted a boy but, IT’S A Girl again the third granddaughter for us.
    Hope you enjoy your show and have a great weekend. Happy quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. How lovely to have another baby on the way. When I was pregnant for the third time, having two sons already, everyone said that I must want a girl. My reply was always that I wanted a healthy baby – I think all babies are lovely. Of course in those days we didn’t know the gender of the baby before the birth.

  6. Thanks Rose for always giving us a very clear tutorial with your patterns.
    The quilt is lovely definitely very doable for me.
    Enjoy London. What show are you going to see.
    Beautiful church. It’s great to get to know your area.

    • Hi Mary. Glad you like the quilt pattern. The show that we saw was The Play That Went Wrong. It was very, very funny and we had a lovely evening, beginning with a meal at Loch Fyne just round the corner from the theatre.

  7. Rose, You’ve done it again. What a quick and clever way to make an interesting sashing. Thank you. After seeing how you did it, I ask myself “Why didn’t I think of that?” Thanks, too, for sharing your trips with us.

    • Thanks Reberta. I could ask myself the same question. It’s the first time I’ve used pieced sashing as well.

  8. Rose, I always look forward to your emails, I think this pieced sashing is fantastic! It’s going to make some traditional to modern quilts quite interesting. I know I will be thinking about this technique when I do sashings now. Thanks for the inspiration. Dee

  9. Trish Tarbuck says:

    Love this pattern Rose, as you say it looks complicated but looks fairly easy.Enjoy the show in London.

  10. Lynn Lambie says:

    Hello, I’m a “sometime quilter”, but I enjoy reading through your instruction steps because I believe I learn about technique even if I don’t actually make the quilt. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Marcella says:

    Thank you Rose, I so enjoy your beautiful quilts that you share with me. Also the travel log of the many interesting places in England. Have a lovely weekend. Look forward to the next one!

    • Thanks Marcella. I’m looking out for places to show you in London, but it’s a bit too wet for photos at the moment.